Game Recap: Cowboy Football |
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Will Howard threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns, Deuce Vaughn ran for 158 yards and another score, and No. 22 Kansas State dealt No. 9 Oklahoma State its first shutout loss since 2009. Saturday’s 48-0 victory .
Kade Warner caught five passes for 97 yards and two scores and Malik Knowles had eight catches for 113 yards as a late interception gave the Wildcats (6-2, 4-1 Big 12) their first shutout of the Cowboys since a 10-0 win on Nov. 21 1992.
Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders was just 13 of 26 for 147 yards with an interception before landing hard on his shoulder midway through the fourth quarter. The star quarterback did not return to the game.
Kansas State scored touchdowns on its first two possessions, finished with 495 yards of total offense and held Oklahoma State (6-2, 3-2), which was the nation’s third-ranked scoring offense at 44.7 points per game, to just 217 yards.
The Cowboys’ most significant loss in nearly 18 seasons under the coach Mike Gundy it was also their first shutout loss to anyone since November 28, 2009, when they lost 27–0 to Oklahoma in the Bedlam game.
The Wildcats have some strangely easy wins over Oklahoma State. The last time Gundy’s team was held to 12 or fewer points was in a 31-12 loss at Manhattan in 2018, and the last time the Cowboys trailed any game by at least 38 points was in a 48-14 loss to the Wildcats in 2014.
The biggest question surrounding Kansas State has been the health of its own quarterback, Adrian Martinez, who missed just four snaps in last week’s loss to TCU with a knee injury. And while he warmed up with appetizers on Saturday, it was veteran quarterback Howard who headed down the field on the game’s opening possession.
Howard continued to torment a broken Cowboys defense for the next 30 minutes. He capped the opening drive with a Warner hit on 4th-and-10 and a 38-yard TD reception. After Vaughn ripped off a 62-yard touchdown run, Howard threw a 31-yard third-and-goal strike to Phillip Brooks to make it 21–0.
Howard’s fourth TD throw, also to Warner and also on third down, flew about 10 yards through the air on a screen but ended up 41 yards. And the final touchdown of the half, after Oklahoma State stuffed Kansas State twice at the goal line, was a quick one for Vaughn with just 11 seconds left in the half.
Meanwhile, the prolific Cowboys offense couldn’t answer any of them.
Their opening drive ended on fourth down when Sanders threw incomplete. Another ended in a punt and another when Brennan Presley kicked the ball into the Oklahoma State net on the first play. The Cowboys punted twice more in the half around an interception as Sanders threw everyone over the middle but the Kansas State defense.
Not only did the Wildcats lead 35-0 at halftime, but they controlled the ball for nearly two-thirds of the half and held a 350-112 edge in total offense. Howard threw for 224 yards, Vaughn ran for 121 and Warner had 97 yards receiving.
The only question in the second half was whether the Wildcats could keep the Cowboys off the scoreboard.
Oklahoma State has won eight of its last 10 against top-ranked opponents and lost by five last season to Baylor in double overtime against TCU. However, the Cowboys never faced Kansas State, though the winner would have the inside track on a possible rematch with the Horned Frogs in the Big 12 title game.
Kansas State celebrated its first home game in 28 days by ending a three-game skid against the Cowboys in confidence-building fashion. It dominated on both sides of the ball and almost got a punt return touchdown on special teams.
Oklahoma State heads down Interstate 70 to face Kansas next Saturday.
Kansas State welcomes Texas to Bill Snyder Family Stadium on the same day.